Ricky Martin, the openly gay Puerto Rican singer and songwriter, has joined the onePulse Foundation as their national spokesperson here on Thursday.
Ricky is also the leading face of the fundraising campaign that the Foundation will conduct to build a memorial museum for the PULSE club shooting victims.
The upcoming donation campaign named OUTLOVE Hate is set to kick off this Valentine’s day.
“I’m excited to assist onePULSE Foundation with engagement and awareness-building opportunities as they build the National Pulse Memorial & Museum,” mentioned Ricky Martin in a statement.
He continued, “The OUTLOVE HATE campaign is the perfect way to start our partnership.”
“I ask everyone to join our movement, commit to change and share the love,”, he added.
Earl Crittenden, onePULSE Foundation board chair, said in one of his statements: “We are thrilled to have one of the best-selling international music artists of all time join our Pulse family as a national spokesperson.”
“His global platform allows us to share our mission with even more audiences, ensuring Pulse’s legacy of love lives on forever”, he added.
The onePULSE Foundation is aiming to raise $49 million as donations by engaging 1 million people. Their goal is to go beyond the museum and establish a trust which will award scholarships and offer educational programs in honour of the victims.
The people who donate to the Foundation will get a chance to upload a selfie on OUTLOVEHate.com.
Moreover, the donors can permanently have their photos on the mosaic tiles of the museum they are building, named the PULSE museum in Orlando, Florida, which is scheduled to open in 2022.
“Participation allows you to be a ‘Face of Change’ and part of both a global digital mural and a permanent mosaic tile on display in the Pulse Museum in Orlando, Florida,” Earl Crittenden, onePULSE Foundation’s board chair, said in a written statement.
“We invite the world to OUTLOVE HATE today and for generations to come.”
The Foundation is a non-profitable organization which is building a memorial for the victims of the PULSE nightclub shooting.
In June 2016, 49 people belonging to the LGBTQ community lost their lives, and several got injured when a gunman opened fire in PULSE nightclub.
The predominantly gay club was celebrating Latin night. The incident is still remembered as one of the worst mass shooting incidents by the nation.